The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
community might learn to thrive because of it, even to survive because of it, and so on
toward that, which this arrow of progress seems to have pointed, to Civilization and all
its complex interweavings.
But experience is a sometimes brutal taskmaster also, and so, if only a way to learn
before the doing could be found. Voila! Language! The lowest form of grunt
communication that could pass on that which was most necessary seems to have, over a
plethora of a great many generations of time, reached up to become the flowering of
today‘s complicated linguistics.
The story of the tower of Babel is an excellent example, a kind of parable, of the
progression of language from a single root to a great variet y. The seeming similarity of
linguistic structure implies a common root of the many languages. And an even more
common root of these roots has been strongly suggested wherein names for the major
body parts, arms, legs etc., as well as many basic food items, seem to have come from a
common root of all roots.
How, one might ask, could the originator of this old, old story have come by this
knowledge at the seemingly ancient time that this story came into being?
You have studied my creation through your
and I have given you
The third conclusion comes cloaked in a question. How did altruism arise, and from
where did the understanding that bred cooperative attitudes come? The -Law of the
Jungle | would seem to indicate that the most basic instinct is individual survival. And
from this it may be posited that competition for food resources as well as mating
opportunities is the basic law of simple survival. To the largest, most physically fit would
go the greatest and most numerous opportunities. That seems to have worked in most
cases, except in extreme environmental dislocations, where large has more recently been
discovered, to have lost its advantage. Yet large seems to have been the end result of all
successful animal adaptations.
But many of the lesser fit life-forms seem to have learned the lesson that cooperative
behavior may also be linked to survival, giving those of a lower personal fitness a certain
qualified advantage also. And when those environmental tribulations occurred, they
somehow slipped through a door of survival too small for the physically larger
There are many examples in nature, of organized cooperative groups wherein certain
competitive qualities have partially given way to afford this enhancement. This
compromise has led to hierarchies of allowed behavior allotted to certain members that
seems to have enhanced the security, as well as the opportunity to learn, for all. But, most
if not all of the animal societies seem to have been balanced on the thin edge of
competitive chaos, never far from an opportunistic challenge to existing authority where
physical distress became the trigger for change. Many within nature‘s variety seem to
have been consigned to this behavioral groove while a lucky few (us?) apparently have
learned to rise above it where good behavior elicited an enhanced fitness for all, at
puzzlingly, at least the partial, near-term expense of the individual.